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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 19 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 3 July 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00L3Y4W2Y
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To Fight alongside Friends: The First World War Diaries of Charlie May Audio Download – Unabridged
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Captain May was a proud and patriotic Englishman , although he had been born in New Zealand, and was a journalist and short story writer, he had been married just two short years when war broke out and was the proud father of baby Pauline , who had been born in that fateful year of 1914.
His diaries were written up in seven small pocket books and have been edited by his great-nephew, and unlike many war time diaries I have read are detailed, interesting and at times very moving, the more so as the reader realises that as the diary progresses Charlie is nearing the end of his short life and, like a lot of other men of his generation, he had a lot to live for.
The book also contains long and interesting footnotes gleaned from fellow officer's diaries that contain extra detail of events mentioned by Charlie in his diary, there is also a small biography of those people mentioned at the back of the book . As well as a number of photographs, the book also contains two maps of the Somme region, one being a trench map.
I really enjoyed reading this book, it is a fine and worthy tribute to Charlie May and will no doubt become a future classic.
being killed in his first major battle. An excellent read, however this is a personal diary and does little for WW1 education
It really is an emotional and unforgettable journey Captain May takes us on, and I strongly recommend to anyone interested in the First World War that they read this.
The conclusion of the story is abrupt and reflects the stark punctuation of the Somme and the impact on just one man's family. In the Centenary Year, this is especially pertinent.
The final sections of the book become somewhat overwhelming. Charlie's love for Maud and Baby are so readily apparent and a driving force through the Diaries. Gerry Harrison's research and portrayal is dramatic, respectful and enthralling. The quality of presentation goes way beyond the realms of a War Book.
A great story for WWI fanatics and accessible read for people with an interest in contemporary history.
On a personal note I learned that one of the men from Merchiston College was known as Lt Aubrey "Bottom" or "Bum" Harris and served as a Bombing Officer with 21st Battalion and likely Trench Mortar Battery. Apologies for such a remote point, but this shows how important it is that these diaries, journals and correspondence should be shared.
We all have our research interests and Gerry has accomplished his passion with five Amazon Stars. For an allegedly battle hardened researcher I was still totally unprepared for the conclusion.
Also remembering Lt A Harris. Killed by a shell 4/9/1916.
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